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The problem would most likely be a broken cable. You would not see this from looking at it as the working part is rotating inside the sheath. Another problem could be the speedometer though less likely. You also want to make sure it is still connected at both ends. Your best bet would be to take it to a mechanic who has the equipment to troubleshoot though I would just replace the cable as old as it is.

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